Beck Knob Cemetery Historical Marker Unveiling

From Left: Sherryl Appleberry; Attorney Wade Hinton; Rev. Charles Smelley, Pastor of Hurst United Methodist Church; Gary James; Jacqueline Brown; Savannah Grandey-Knies and family. (Photo: CNC Faye Stoudemire)

Chattanooga, TN –On Saturday, February 3, 2023 at 11:00 AM, the rescheduled Beck Knob Cemetery Historical Marker Unveiling took place. Beck Knob Cemetery has the designation of being the City’s oldest Black Organized African-American cemetery. Beck Knob was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2021.

A host of supporters and sponsors packed the one-acre boundaries of Beck Knob Cemetery. Key highlights of the program included the history of Beck Knob, recognition of living descendants, and the unveiling of the Historic Marker by Savannah Grandey-Knies and Gary James.

Beck Knob Cemetery is at 875 Dartmouth Street and Carrington Way, Chattanooga, TN 37405, on the North Shore. The historical marker was funded by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, a program administered by the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation.

Gary James is joined at the Beck Knob Cemetery Historical Marker Unveiling by representatives of both local and regional bikers organizations. The motorcycle bikers represented Chattanoogans as well as bikers from Huntsville, AL and Kimble, TN. Pictured are members of the Soul Searchers; Southern Crusaders; Sons of God; and Bikers for Christ.